I slept in my own bed + {19 week bumpdate}

Guess what?! Last night, I finally slept in my own bed for the first time in 16 nights! Now if you’re traveling this may seem normal, but we weren’t. I was in the same area as my house, but I just couldn’t sleep there because we’ve been having the whole thing painted. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but you don’t understand just quite the enormity of this task until you see my house. We did the ceilings, walls and all of the trim which includes stairs, closets, shelves and of course, my cabinets!

Here’s a great compare/contrast of just how beige our walls were. This is the ceiling painted white and the pink/yellowish beige is what we originally had on walls and ceilings.

As of Tuesday evening, they were done with the ceiling, walls and trim. We did a walk through, caught all the little odds and ends and they were finally out of there. The lady working on our cabinets still isn’t quite done. She has another coat to put on the cabinets, then she’ll bring the cabinet doors back from her shop to install. I’m hoping for it to be done by this weekend. We’ll see!

Here’s a look at our bedroom in progress! You can barely see a comparison at the bottom of the wall. We did our walls in Agreeable Gray. The wall you see was accented in a slightly darker shade called Mindful Gray. All of the trim and cabinets were done in Dover White.

Yesterday, JP and I spent a majority of the day trying to get things back in order. We had to vacuum, sweep, swiffer, dust and scrub every surface of our house. Two weeks of painters and working leads to a lot of dust and little messes all around. Yes, they covered everything including my floors, but there is still dust everywhere. It does mean that we are getting a really solid spring cleaning. We’re also able to get rid of random things that have accumulated over the last 16 months that we don’t really need anymore. There is still quite a bit to do, but we’ve gotten most of our downstairs at least back in place.

Here’s a peek at our island! The lighting doesn’t do the color justice. It’s actually a bit lighter in a color called Oceanside Blue. I plan to take photos with my DSLR once everything is complete to share with y’all!

Today my goal is to start putting things back on shelves and the walls. It’s kind of fun since the house feels brand new again. Also, I’m starting to get into that nesting phase, so I’m enjoying making my home my own again. Hopefully next week I’ll have my life back together. Once it’s complete, I’m going to take some nice pictures of how everything turned out to share with y’all! Get excited…I know I am!

I’m not going to do a full bumpdate today, but I thought it would be fun to give y’all a few details on how this last week as been for me!

Baby Boy is the size of a mango! He’s probably about 6 inches long and weighs nearly 8.5 oz.

A protective substance called vernix caseosa now covers his skin. {Vernix is the Latin word for “varnish”; caseosa means “cheese” The more you know!} This keeps his skin protected from the amniotic fluid. This should shed shortly before he is born!

My biggest symptoms this week are still hunger and now I’m getting some round ligament pain as well as SI joint pain. The round ligament pain is pretty mild and I usually feel it when I’m running or doing more intense exercise. The SI joint pain comes and goes as it pleases. Some days I’m fine and other days I’m aching! I suffered from pretty bad SI joint pain at the end of my last pregnancy as well as after I delivered Chloe. I’m hoping that it doesn’t get that bad again. Unfortunately there isn’t too much I can do about it. 
I’m still working out like normal! I do the moderate intensity exercises during my Tabata class and I’ve definitely slowed down when I’m running, but I’m still out there. I’ve been going on lots of walks lately since I was sick and the weather was so nice. I think I added about 13 miles to the baby bank last week!
Next Thursday I get to do my 20 week ultrasound and follow up with my OB, so I’ll probably save my bumpdate for Friday! That way I can share all of my pictures and the exciting details!

Have you ever painted your whole house or highered someone just to paint some of it?
How was your experience? Overall ours was pretty good. I plan to give some more details once I post our finished product.

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Family Photo Shoot

Hello Monday! We meet yet again. This Monday is already leaps and bounds above last Monday, so I won’t complain one bit about it’s Monday-ness. I didn’t have a scare last night. I’m not as sick as I was last week. And I haven’t already been to the OB. So yeah, today is a good day. It’s the little things that make it a good day after all.

We’re still at my parents’ house, so my schedule isn’t quite normal. The good news is that the painters are supposed to be done on Tuesday. Yes, tomorrow. I’m not sure if this is actually going to happen, so cross your fingers and say a prayer for us! We love my family and are so thankful that we can stay here, but we just miss our home.

I’ve been behind on blogging, so today I’m going leave you with just a few of the many pictures we just got back from our mini photo shoot with Brittney from Pink Owl Studios! If you’re in Richmond, Sugar Land, Katy area, I recommend you check her out. She has amazing customer service and did a beautiful job capturing my little family before baby boy comes to join us!

P.S. I was 13 weeks pregnant when we took these pictures!

There’s a sneak peek at just 12 of the 67 pictures she delivered to me! I had so many favorites, it was hard to choose!

I hope y’all have a happy Monday! I’m off to work at the gym and I can’t wait since I missed last week. It’s the little things y’all.

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18 Week Bumpdate

It’s kind of hard to believe that I’m already 18 weeks pregnant. It seems to be flying by this time. I’m so busy chasing after a two and a half year old, traveling, working on house projects and more that this pregnancy is going by so fast.
This week I actually had a little scare that I alluded to in an Instagram post. I thought I’d go ahead and share the details since I had so many people reach out to me in concern. It may be a little TMI for some. Last Friday my allergies got so bad, they took a turn for the worse. By Sunday, I developed a nonstop overnight cough and the pressure in my head from my sinuses became so intense that it felt like someone was hitting me with a hammer repeatedly. It was literally the worst headache I’ve ever had in my life. 
Sunday night I spent coughing so hard that my abs were sore and I started feeling crampy in my lower abdomen. Not really a good sign for a pregnant woman in her second trimester. I eventually got up to use the restroom and when I wiped, the paper was tinged with light pink blood. Cue freak out. Since I was coughing, JP was sleeping in another room and I didn’t want to wake and worry him, so I climbed back into bed and tried to stay calm and not lose it. Needless to say, even though it was 3:00am, I didn’t sleep anymore the rest of the night.
I got up around 7:00 trying to decide if I should go to work or the doctor. I hate missing work, but I knew I had to make sure everything was okay. I had a feeling that it wasn’t anything since the spotting was gone by the time I got out of bed, but you can’t leave something like this to chance. I called my OBGYN and they had me come in right when they opened. They were even moving offices and taking limited patients that day, but they didn’t hesitate to tell me to come it. They were amazing! 
We did the ultrasounds and Baby Boy looked absolutely perfect. He was content and resting in his little home, and growing like a champ. His heart rate was perfect, my cervix was 3cm in length which is good and my placenta showed no abruptions. I got to talk to my doctor and she did a quick pelvic exam to rule everything out. It looks like the intensity of my cough just caused enough irritation of my cervix to cause minor spotting.
I also went to my primary care doctor to find out that I have a sinus and throat infection which is was caused the severe sinus pressure headache. I’m still feeling under the weather, but so much better! Now that the scare is out there, let’s get to the fun and happy stuff!
How Far Along? 
18 weeks!
Size of Baby: 
An artichoke or a sweet potato {Of course sweet potatoes are so many different sizes these days!}
About 5.5 inches from crown to rump and around 6.5 oz!
Weight Gain: 
Around 5-6 lbs depending on the day
Maternity Clothes:
Still rocking my maternity shorts! Everything else seems to fit still.
Stretch marks: 
None

Symptoms: 
Hunger. I’m so hungry!
Congestion. My allergies have been terrible and even turned into a sinus infection this past week.
Cravings: 
Salty snacks, buffalo sauce on everything, tuna sandwiches, cereal with milk, apples with peanut butter or chocolate hummus.
Gender:
Healthy Baby BOY!

Mood: 
Happy and excited
Nursery: 
Our whole house is currently being painted from top to bottom. Literally everything: ceilings, walls, doors, trim, even cabinets. The nursery is staying the mint blue/green, but we’re having the doors and trim redone since the previous owners did it themselves. Other than that, no progress. The plan is to transition Chloe to a big girl bed after we get back from Europe, so that means I already have a crib!

Movement: 
I’m definitely feeling flutters. I feel a couple nearly every day but mostly at night when I’m relaxed on the couch.
Sleep: 
I get up to potty at least once a night, but overall I’m sleeping hard.
This last week, I’ve had miserable sleep. The coughing wakes me up at night and I’ll cough so long and hard that I can’t go back to sleep and I’m in pain. Here’s to hoping this subsides soon.
Workouts: 
Before getting sick, I was working out like normal. Here’s what last week looked like:

Monday: 45 minute spin class
45 minute HIIT Tabata class {I modified the jumping exercises}
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 1.5 mile walk
Thursday: 4 mile run
1 mile walk

Friday: 3 mile walk
Saturday: 3 mile walk
Sunday: Rest

I’ve rested pretty much since then recovering from this sinus and throat infection.

What I Miss: 
Sushi. We did go on a sushi date around 16 weeks to satisfy my cravings and ordered cooked sushi rolls, but it wasn’t quite the same. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, just not the same.

Belly Button in or out?
Starting to flatten out, but still in.
Wedding rings on or off? 
On
Labor Signs: 
None and hopefully not for several more months!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Raw meat. It still makes me gag. I can handle ground turkey, but that’s about it. I also have a hard time with the smell of eggs and bananas, but I can eat them.

Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Getting to hear Baby Boy’s heartbeat at 15 weeks 5 days
Getting to see Baby Boy at 17 weeks 4 days even though it was a scary situation. I’m just happy that everything was okay!
Looking forward to:
Anatomy scan at 20 weeks
Babymoon adventure at 21 weeks

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Magical Kingdom Monday + {our next big trip!}

Oh what a Magical Monday it is! At least I’m really wanting it to be a magical Monday. I’ve been sick the last few days which is not fun at all especially when pregnant. I’m pretty sure I have a bad case of allergies gone wrong. The pollen in Houston is no joke. I tried to push through and pretend it was just allergies and such, but I think I pushed too hard.

I kind of disappeared last week because I had so much going on. I had some posts half ready to go, but couldn’t quite get them finished. I was single mom-ing it while JP was in London for work, kind of. We were actually staying at my parents’ house, so I had help, but it’s not quite the same. Plus we had to get out of our house so that our painters could start painting the whole thing! Literally the entire interior. Checkout my Instagram Stories to see updates. We’re hoping to be back in our home and putting it back together in the next couple of days.

Now let’s forget about the craziness that was last week and look back to last month when I had the most wonderful time frolicking around Magic Kingdom.

When you’re wearing skirts like these, you naturally frolick wherever you go. How could you not? In case you’re wondering, that lovely lady in Punzie purple is the creative genius behind these skirts! You can check out all of her inventory or even create your own custom design by heading over to her Etsy shop: Pineapple Tree by Rae!

One of my most favorite things to do around Magic Kingdom is walk around, take in all of the magic, and snap all the pictures! Of course I love to ride the rides too, but sometimes waiting in long lines doesn’t sound as appealing when your feet are aching from running all the races. This year we took LOTS of pictures, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the best photo shoot places in Magic Kingdom.

We’re going to start with the most obvious…Cinderella’s Castle!

The thing about Cindy’s Castle is that there are so many places for you to get gorgeous shots. Some will have WAY less people in it if you know where to go. All of the photos above are shot in Main Street as you walk down the main entrance to Magic Kingdom. They’re also all by Photopass Photographers, as are a majority of the pictures in this post. I can’t stress enough how worth it Memory Maker is when planning your Disney trip! Beautiful, high quality pictures without having to worry about who is going to take your pictures or handing your phone over to strangers. Just saying. Anyways, there are tons of different spots along Main Street USA closer and further away from the castle that you can stop at to snap some pictures.

When in doubt, you can always get gorgeous castle pics from the hub grass! You can find the hub grass in two places: off to the left or right of the castle. This picture is shot on the right side towards Tomorrowland!

You can continue along the right side of the castle and snap some more pictures on the bridge to Tomorrowland! The best part of this spot is that you can get pictures without tons of people in them. In fact, you can get pictures with NO other people in them. There are Photopass Photographers over here, but not all the time like in front of the castle. We never had trouble getting one though!

Since you’re on your way to Tomorrowland, you might as well stop and ride Buzz LightYear and Space Mountain! I mean you’re there, so do it. I highly recommend getting a FastPass for one or both of these if you can.

If you head to the left of the castle towards Liberty Square, you can get another awesome shot on the bridge just in front of the Sleepy Hollow snack stand. It’s a little bit closer to the castle and again you can get people free shots! 
While you’re by Sleepy Hollow, you should get a Nutella and Fruit Waffle for breakfast or grab an ice cream cookie sandwich in the afternoon. You won’t regret either choice. Trust me, I’m pregnant. 

This spot is also a great place to take post race medal pics! Sometimes there is a PhotoPass photographer hanging out over there for you. See below from our second day at Magic Kingdom!

Once you get your pictures, walk over to Haunted Mansion! It’s one of my favorite rides. We had a FastPass for it on our last day there, but the ride had some technical issues. Sad day. Of course it was fixed shortly before we had to leave, but not enough time for us to actually ride it.
Then head back over to Sleepy Hollow and continue walking around the castle until you get to the backside. You’ll be pleased to find some special guests.

The evil stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella! They are some of the most hilarious characters to meet. They rotate in and out with the Fairy Godmother who is also just magical. Photopass photographers are always at character meet and greets. They capture the sweetest moments! Be sure to check the app or the Disney Times Guide to see when they’ll be out. They’re usually easier to catch earlier in the day. You can always ask the character guide what times they’ll be there.

Since you’re in Fantasyland, you have so many options for great pictures spots. Rachael snapped this cute one below while we were waiting in line for Enchanted Tales with Belle! This “ride” is more of an interactive adventure. It’s perfect for little ones, and you can meet Belle at the end.

After your enchanted adventure, keep walking along towards Gaston’s Tavern where you can meet Gaston!

He’s always good for a laugh and an insult. He definitely loved Alison’s Belle skirt, but thought she was a little crazy pretending to be Belle. I personally thought she was fabulous.

Since you’re in the area, you should definitely think about riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! This ride should be at the top of your FastPass list. The line is crazy long if you don’t have one.

When you’re done, don’t forget to stop by Rapunzel’s Tower! It’s over by the Rapunzel bathrooms where you can also take some fabulous pictures. It’s so magical and whimsical over there.

Then you can stop by and meet Rapunzel at the Princess meet and greet spot. The best part about this is that the line is inside in the air conditioning. Plus you get to meet two princesses at once! Right now it’s Rapunzel and Tiana or Cinderella and Elena of Avalor.

It’s always fun to meet the princesses! Their energy is contagious. Tiana is one of the most underrated princesses. First of all, she’s gorgeous. Second, she’s got such a fun personality and tons to talk about. Plus she likes to talk about food, and we all know just how much I like food!

Some other great spots in Fantasyland are meeting Ariel in her Grotto and snapping pictures by the Castle wall.

I bet you wouldn’t think of going to Storybook Circus for pictures since that’s where most of the younger kid rides and attractions live. However, you should definitely find some time to visit Pete’s Sideshow for a chance to meet Madame Daisy Fortuna, Minnie Magnifique, The Astounding Donaldo and The Great Goofini. You can meet Daisy and Minnie in one queue and the boys in the other. The wait usually isn’t too long and again, it’s inside and out of the heat!

One more photo stop you need to check out is Merida! She has her own spot called Fairytale Garden around to the right of Cinderella’s castle just where Tomorrowland and Fantasyland meet. Merida is super sassy and fun for a strong, powerful female to talk to!

There are lots of other places around the Kingdom to snap some gorgeous pics. I’ll admit, we didn’t spend too much time in Frontierland or Adventureland. I couldn’t ride Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean was closed for refurbishment, so we just passed on those areas this time around.
Magic Kingdom really is the most magical place around. Looking back on all of these pictures has me wanting to be back right now even though I’m feeling bleh. Luckily, I have my next big trip planned, but it’ll be a bit different this time around. In just a few weeks the Gouglers are headed to Disneyland Paris!!! I’m so excited that I can hardly stand it! First we’ll be spending a week in Amsterdam. JP has three days of work meetings, so we decided to make this a family adventure. We’re heading there a little early to get some family exploring in before JP has to work. After his work is over, we’re taking a train to Paris to spend 4 days at Disneyland. It’s going to be great!
Now if anyone has any tips, suggestions or must dos in Amsterdam or Disneyland Paris send them my way!
What’s your favorite photo spot in Magic Kingdom? Mine is over by Sleepy Hollow!
Have y’all ever been to Amsterdam or Disneyland Paris? What do I need to know?

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I can go the distance!

I will find my way, if I can be strong. I know every mile, will be worth my while. When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong.
Okay who needs a little motivation this Monday?
Below you can see me running as Hercules for the Enchanted 10K. Pregnant Hercules at 14 weeks and 2 days pregnant! Brittany is Minnie Mouse in the middle and Rachael is Megara in purple on the right! This picture was taken right around the halfway point, so let’s rewind just a little bit.
The 10K starts in the same location as the 5K in the Epcot parking lot area. The first three miles are outside of the park along the back roads and backstage Epcot. There are a couple of character stops before you get into the park, but other than that, the first half of the race is like any typical race. This year they had Mulan and Mushu out first, but the line was CRAZY long already. Sometimes I wish that I would have stopped, but then I’m glad I didn’t stand around for 15+ minutes at the beginning of the race. 
Rachael, Brittany and I ran the first half of the race together. Once we got into Epcot, I wanted to stop for some pictures, but the girls wanted to push through. Rachael’s foot was injured, and she just wanted to go and get it done since we still had the parks and then a half marathon the next morning. I took the time to visit with a few “old friends” and pick up my speed the second half of the race, just to push myself a little.

The first old friend I stopped in to see was the Genie! He’s always hanging out at runDisney races. I mean, he said he was going to Disney World once Aladdin freed him you know!

Like I said earlier, I picked up the pace in between characters. I’ve been slowing my running down due to pregnancy as well as heat and humidity, but I was feeling really good for the 10K and I love this course. I’m not saying I was running crazy fast, but I maintained about a 9:30 pace for the last 2.5 miles!
After I saw Genie, I continued around the World Showcase and then onto the Boardwalk! This is my favorite part of the race because you don’t get to run it for the 5K or half marathon. It’s such a special little area with tons of cheerleaders out making you feel awesome about yourself! In fact, Goofy was out there cheering us on too!
We got a quick picture together and then I was on my way once again. Hercules has places to go you know. Monsters and demons to fight. Damsels in distress to save. 10K’s to conquer! 
At first glance spectators couldn’t always tell who I was dressed as, but when people got it, they loved my costume! I had fun wearing it because it was something different for a change. I didn’t see another Hercules on the course. 

After seeing Goofy on the boardwalk, I had a surge of excitement and energy. I’m telling you, I love the 10K distance! I was feeling great and having fun taking everything in. From the boardwalk we end up hopping back into the World Showcase before heading into Future World. As we were approaching Future World, I had to snap a selfie with the Spaceship Earth ball and Flower & Garden Festival flowers in the background!

Shortly after my quick selfie, I saw Pluto!!! I love Pluto and had to jump in and get a quick picture with him. Since he was about a half mile or so from the finish, his line was pretty short. He was awesome and threw up his muscle arm with me. Gotta show off the guns you know!

To finish off the race, we ran straight through the center of Future World and around Spaceship Earth…some may know this as the Epcot ball. I was honestly feeling really great. The quick stops for characters along with the extra boost from running through Disney just gives you a surge of energy. I was sure to make sure to strike a post when I saw the photopass photographers out along the course. I had to stay in character, Hercules wouldn’t be tired.

After heading around the ball, you head backstage and to the finish line! I knew I wanted to “fly” through the finish line so I gave it my bounding best. The photographers actually caught it and I got this awesome mid air shot soaring across the finish.

I love this picture above because it really does show some of my musculature! You can see my calves and quads mid-run which makes me super proud.

My watch time for the 10K ended up being 1:06:38. I stopped it when I stopped for characters, so my actual clock finish time was probably at least 10 minutes slower and I’m okay with that. Disney is not a race that I run for time by any means. I was really proud that my last two miles were my fastest clocking in at a 9:32 and 9:28! Not too shabby for a pregnant lady just entering her second trimester.

After I took my finisher picture, I saw Rachael and Brittany not too far ahead of me and called out to them! I wanted to get a picture of Herc and Meg together and caught them at the perfect time just before it was too late.

We look pretty good together! Too bad the wet towels they gave us after the race gave me some awesome water marks that ended up looking like pit sweat and milk spots! That’s what I get for wearing a brown shirt!

After the race, it was time for princess pictures! Princess weekend is a great chance to get pictures with all of your favorite princesses! They have tons out after the races and the lines move pretty quickly. 
We met Punzie and Princess Minnie! We were so excited to see Princess Minnie because she isn’t always out. I sent these pictures to Chloe and she was obsessed. She still asks to see Mommy and Minnie!

Overall, it’s safe to say the 10K was a great race. I personally love the course and think the race is the least crowded of the three. I wasn’t dodging people as often as the 5K and the course doesn’t narrow too much as it does in a few spots during the half marathon. And like I said before, I love the 10K distance. It may become my sweet spot after I have this baby. Who knows!

Looking back at this already has me excited for my next Disney race! Now to decide which one we’ll do next year…

What runDisney race do you think I should do?
If you could run a race anywhere in the world, where would it be? And what distance?

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Friday Favorites: Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom. Some people try to say that it’s just Disney’s Zoo, but it’s so much more than that! Safari rides, mountain coasters, character meet and greets, dinosaurs, Pandora, rides and much more. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Animal Kingdom.

The addition of Pandora to Animal Kingdom has kind of brought this park back to life in the eyes of many Disney goers. There is a gorgeous new area to explore and wander around, two new fabulous rides and two new restaurants. When I say gorgeous, I mean it. Just look at the picture below. All of that is real except the flying creature of course. We didn’t get the chance to ride Flight of Passage, but we did ride Na’vi River Journey and it was a beautiful ride! It’s hard to get a fastpass to Flight of Passage, so to get one you’ll have to try 60 days before your trip to the day to get one! Otherwise you’re looking at a 90-180 minute wait which was not on our list of things to do this year.

One of my personal favorites about Animal Kingdom is Dinoland USA!!! There are several rides including a Dino Carnival! You can spot dinosaurs around and of course snap pictures with them. They also have this awesome “dig site” giant playground for kids. We haven’t explored this completely just yet, but I know I’ll be climbing around with Chloe next time we go together. Also, when in Dinoland USA, you must where your dino ears. Can you spot Rexxy on my dino ears?

Animal Kingdom is an awesome place to just walk around and take everything in. In Africa and Asia, there are tons of street parties with singing, dancing and other performances. Make sure to take in everything around you because there is so much going on including animals everywhere! Some of my favorites are the Gibbons in Asia and the Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa. The Safari ride is an awesome fastpass idea. We get it every year. You get to see so many animals like giraffes, elephants, hippos, lions and more.

There are also so many characters that you can meet in Animal Kingdom! Mickey and Minnie have a permanent location at the Adventurer’s Outpost where you can meet them in their safari gear.

Pocahontas has a meet and greet just before you walk into Dinoland USA from Discovery Island. {You can kind of see a little bump from Baby Boy Gougler in this picture!}

One of my personal favorites is meeting Russell and sometime Dug too on Discovery Island! They’re always super fun and who doesn’t love Up? It’s one of my favorite movies.

This year Russell saw our “I run fairy fast” shirts that we made and decided to challenge us to a race. Rachael, our girl with the foot injury, won the race while we had to help Russell cross the finish line. It was adorable and so much fun. I love when characters give groups of adults just as much attention as the little ones. We like to have fun too!

Rafiki is at Rafiki’s Planet Watch along with Doc McStuffins! Their lines are almost always short because not as many people know about Rafiki’s Planet Watch. You take about a 5 minute train ride and arrive! You can see lemurs, pet goats at the petting zoo, learn about taking care of the animals at Disney, and more.

Some other favorites of mine are Baloo and King Louis! They’re in the Upcountry Landing between Africa and Asia. Helpful hint: They LOVE to dance. Go ahead and sing one of their songs and they’ll boogie with you. Be prepared, if you sing “Wanna Be Like You”, Baloo will get sad and you’ll need to serenade him with “The Bare Necessities.”

Other characters at Animal Kingdom are Flik and Tarzan on Discovery Island and Goofy, Pluto & Donald in Dinoland USA.

A must do in Animal Kingdom is watch the Festival of the Lion King! It’s a beautiful show with dancing, acrobatics and singing. You can get a fastpass to this if you’re interested. We usually do because it guarantees us a specific time that we can watch the show. Not only is the show actually really great to watch, but you also get 30 minutes to sit down in the A/C, rest your feet, cool off and enjoy the show.

Another awesome attraction in Animal Kingdom is the FOOD! Food is important in my life especially when pregnant. If you haven’t already checked out my Disney Eats post, I highly recommend it. This year I had 3 separate amazing food experiences at Animal Kingdom alone. I’m still dreaming of that ice cream cookie sandwich.

I think that about covers the awesomeness that is Animal Kingdom! If you’re planning a Disney trip, don’t skip Animal Kingdom. It’s worth the visit. If you have little ones, find the Wilderness Explorers station just inside so they can collect badges along your journey throughout the day! It’s also a great park to take advantage of early magic hours if available. Then you can call it a day earlier to save you evening energy for a different day. Or you if you have a park hopper, you can hop over to Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios for their amazing fireworks shows. Okay, now that covers it! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Happy FriYAY y’all and have a fabulous weekend!

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First Trimester Bumpdate!

It’s officially time to start sharing bumpdates again! I shared these when I was pregnant with Chloe and it was a fun way for friends, family and even complete strangers to follow along on our journey. More importantly, it was a way for me to look back on my pregnancy and remember just how I felt throughout the 40 weeks.

I’m not sure if I’ll share these every week or every other week. It kind of just depends on how I’m feeling and how much information I have to share. Today I’m going to answer these questions this week like I’m 14 weeks along so I can look back and remember how I felt at the end of the 1st trimester. Going forward, I’ll answer as of that week! So for the record, tomorrow I’ll actually be 16 weeks!

Fun Fact:
Baby’s second picture is the first one in the post above! I actually had my first ultrasound at 7 weeks because of some spotting and was measuring only 6 weeks 1 day. I went back to check the baby’s growth a week later at 8 weeks and he measured 7 weeks 5 days. By my 12 week ultrasound he was measuring right on track!

How Far Along? 
14 weeks as of February 22nd
Size of Baby: 
A lemon or a troll doll! I think a troll doll is so relatable.
Weight Gain: 
About 2 pounds. 
I lost between 2-3 pounds in December/January and began to put them back on in February when my appetite picked back up.
Maternity Clothes:
I got a cute pair of maternity shorts with the stretchy side panel from Target just before my Disney trip. I brought them along and I’m so glad I did! They were so comfortable that I wore them most days at the parks. {See 14 week photo below!} Those are the only true maternity clothes I’m wearing right now though.
Stretch marks: 
None
Symptoms: 
Every morning I’m nauseous for about 15 minutes. It sucks, but I can push through. I had a lot of nausea from Christmas to mid January and then it went away. Other than that, I’m HUNGRY and tired. I don’t remember being this tired when I was pregnant with Chloe. Naps and lounging on the couch are my friend in the afternoons. I’m slowly starting to get my energy back thank goodness.
Cravings: 
Salty snacks like pretzels, Goldfish and trail mix, Hot Tamales candy, TACOS!, and anything and everything with Buffalo sauce…wings, sliders, dips, you name it.
Gender:
It’s a BOY!
Read about how we found out here.
Mood:
Beyond excited and sleepy. Is sleepy a mood? I think it is.
Nursery: 
HA. We have a room and it’s already painted a beautiful soft mint green as you can see in my bump pictures. Other than that, we have all of Chloe’s old baby stuff in there waiting to be put in place or in use. We’re still trying to decide if we’re going to get a new crib or if Chloe is going to get a big girl bed. We have a few months to figure that out at least!
Movement: 
I’ve felt him flutter just a couple of times. Much earlier than I did with Chloe!
Sleep: 
Fantastic! I’m so tired that I’m out cold every night. I’m pretty much in bed around 9:00pm every night and it’s amazing. I’m getting up once or twice to pee, but I fall right back to sleep.
Workouts: 
Same old same old! I continued going to adult gymnastics through my first trimester. I plan to continue going, but focusing more on flexibility and strength. I still teach both of my classes on Monday, but I modify some of my high intensity exercises in Tabata class. I also ran a 5K, 10K and half marathon at Disney at 14 weeks 1, 2, & 3 days pregnant! I plan to continue running as long as possible, but I’ll likely switch to walking only at some point in May when the temps get too warm and humid in Houston. I also plan to post some of my pregnancy workouts on these bump dates to help other women wanting to workout during pregnancy! You can do it!
What I Miss: 
Wine. Every once in a while I just want a delicious glass of wine. Not too often, but every now and then. I’ve also thought about sushi lately, so I may need to get some cooked rolls to satisfy that for now.
Belly Button in or out?
Oddly enough it’s already starting to push its way out. It’s still in, but it’s trying!
Wedding rings on or off? 
On
Labor Signs: 
Nope and hopefully not for quite a while.
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
The first trimester meat was such a turn off. I couldn’t cook during the month of January because raw meat literally had me gagging. I also couldn’t drink coffee from week 5-12 which was so sad. I’m back on it now though. For a few weeks veggies also sounded horrible, but I’ve managed to get back on board with those!
Best Moments The Past few Weeks: 
Finding out the gender of our BABY BOY!
Sharing the news publicly
Going to Disney World
Completing the Fairytale Challenge while pregnant!

Looking forward to:
Our anatomy scan on April 5th and our Babymoon in April. Details on that coming soon!
There you have it, Baby Boy’s very first bumpdate! I’ll definitely be back next week with my 17 week bumpdate to share my feelings from weeks 15-17. I hope y’all enjoy following along as much as I enjoy writing these! Happy Hump Day Bump Day y’all!
Announcement | Gender Reveal | First Trimester
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Tips for Running your Best runDisney 5K!

WARNING: BE PREPARED TO SEE PARTICIPANTS HAVING A LOT OF FUN AND FORGETTING THAT THEY’RE ACTUALLY RUNNING. THIS IS REAL LIFE FOOTAGE. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…

Running a runDisney 5K is quite possibly one of the most fun races that you’ll ever run. I have run a lot of 5Ks in the last 9 years that I’ve been running, and there just isn’t a 5K race like one at Disney. Here are a few tips to ensure that your race day is just as awesome as mine!
one. Pick a really great running costume!
It’s a 5K, so you can let your imagination go wild. Since it’s a shorter distance, this is your chance to add a prop to a costume idea that you’ve always had. Running with something in your hand or a larger hat won’t bother you as much during a 5K. 
Running with friends? There are so many group costumes out there too. Last year I ran at Tigger and my girl Julie was Pooh! This year we ran as a trio and we were the three good fairies from Sleeping Beauty, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. We had fun magic wands and adorable hats to make the costumes pop. And you can’t see them, but we have wings on the back of our shirts. Fairies have to fly after all!


two. Make sure you use the potty before you get into your corral.
Once you go into your corral, you’re bound to be waiting a while. You may think that things are getting started once corral A starts moving forward, but actually there are still at least 30 minutes of promos, songs, interviews and more before the race begins.

Then they aren’t just going to let all of corral A go, they’re going to send off runners in mini corrals. This allows them to break up the crowds on the course since there are quite a few narrow areas. We were about half way through corral A this year, and we took off in the 4th mini corral. They’ll continue to do this through all of the corrals.

Moral of the story is make sure you go potty or you’re going to have to go as soon as you see one on the course because you will be waiting a while. Use the time to stretch, get excited and just enjoy being part of a runDisney event!

three. This race isn’t timed, so just enjoy yourself and have fun!
Yes, you read that right. It isn’t timed! GASP! How can it be a race if it isn’t timed you ask? Well you still get a race shirt and a finisher medal at the end, so I wouldn’t complain too much. Now that you know the race isn’t timed, there is no reason to try to sprint to the finish. Run with your friends, slow down a bit, enjoy running through Epcot, take character pictures (see more on that below) and try not to get too frustrated with the crowds.

Warning: If you are in a later corral, there will be heavier crowds and longer lines. It can be very frustrating I know! Try to take it in stride and remember that you’re there to have fun.

four. Take walk breaks.
Remember how I said that the race wasn’t timed? This isn’t the race to try and get a PR. Florida weather can be hot and humid, so take walk breaks if needed. There may be some areas on the course where you have to walk a bit due to congestion. If you’re running all 3 races, the 5K is definitely the time not to push it. I’ve done all 3 the last two years and taking the 5K easy has been one of the best moves for me! It has allowed me to pick it up and push on the 10K and half marathon.  

five. Ham it up for the photographers.
There are photopass photographers all over the course. They have on bright vests and are sitting or standing near little green pop up tents (in case of bad weather). Keep your eye out for them when you are running through the actual parks. When you see them, be sure to pull back and give a little space between you and the runners in front of you! This will ensure that you are getting a picture of you, not of picture of you and part of some strangers.
If you’re running in a group, get closer to your running buddies and pose together so they know you all want to be in the shot! You won’t always get everyone in the shot (like the one above), but every so often you get a gem like the one below!
Tip: Race photos are shot by Disney Parks photopass photographers. If you get the memory maker for your Disney trip, it includes all of the photopass pictures from character meet and greets, shots you get around the parks and all your pictures from all your races! It seems a bit pricey, but if you’re there for race weekend and the parks it is so worth it! You don’t have to worry about getting all the pictures on your phone during the race, plus you get awesome candids like these!

six. Character stops, just do it!
There are characters throughout the 5K starting around mile 1! **Usually the line for the first character you see is going to be the LONGEST.** People see a stop and want to stop immediately. As you get into Epcot, there will be more and more characters as you run through the countries in the World Showcase. You may even find some rare characters along the way.

If you see a character you just have to have a picture with…STOP! It’s so worth it and the lines move much fast than they do at the parks. Everyone is just jumping in and out of the picture shot, so they can get on with their run. This year Mike and Sully were my picture must have, and the girls waited in a longer line for me!

Character lines go back to the fact that the race isn’t timed! Remember that tip? Standing in line isn’t going to hinder your race time because you’re really only timing yourself. Don’t pass something up that you want to stop for. I’ve done that before and I promise you’ll regret it!

One final character tip, if you don’t have memory maker and want pictures with the characters, bring your phone! There is a cast member with every character waiting to take phones to capture peoples memories!

seven. Smile BIG for that finish line photo!
When you’re crossing the finish line, be sure to strike a pose, grab your friend’s hand, smile really big and act like you love life! There are tons of photographers capturing your finish moments. I mean check out how awesome the Epcot Spaceship Earth ball looks back there!

Tip: Hold your pose or friends hands a little longer than you think you need to. The photographers may not be able to snap you until seconds after you cross the finish line. There are a lot of people after all. This way you can ensure that you’ll get the best shot!

eight. Take lots of post race pictures!
If you see a photographer snapping pictures, have them grab one of you! You’re likely to see wandering photographers right after you get your medals. As you walk through the post race areas, you’ll have a chance to grab some water, Powerade and your post race snack box. Once you get through all of this, there is a post race finishers picture area! If you have memory maker for your trip, grab a picture with one of the many photographers. If you don’t, there are several backdrops set up specifically for people to take their own pictures. Grab another runner and take one for each other! Everyone is friendly and I’m sure they’ll be happy to have someone take theirs as well.

nine. Most of all, be sure to have FUN!
I know I’ve said it throughout this post, but seriously fun is the name of the game when you’re running a Disney 5K. Just enjoy yourself and make the most of the experience. You won’t regret it!

Just like with most races, there are pros and cons to running a runDisney 5K. I hope I’ve been able to relay just how much fun they are, and how to make your experience the best. There are crowds, but that just means more people to have fun with and keep you entertained. There are lines, but that just means you’re waiting on something awesome. There are slow downs, but that gives you the chance to catch your breath and take in your surroundings. With every negative comes a positive. RunDisney has done a wonderful job making these races fun for everyone. They really have got it down to a T. Now all you have to do is get signed up and get out there for one of their many race weekends!

Have you ever run a runDisney race?
If you could, which one would you run? 
Next on my list is Wine and Dine…the only race with an after party! And Wine is in its name, need I say more?

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Friday Favorites: Disney Eats

It’s Friday yet again…and this Friday, it’s March! January seemed like the longest month ever, and then February flew by in the blink of an eye. Today I’m sharing with y’all, some of the delicious places that we ate at on our Disney adventure! My friend Rachael is a Disney pro as well as vacation planner {Let me know if you’re planning a trip and I can took your up!} and she introduced us to some amazing restaurants this year.

Disney Springs
The Edison

This is a new restaurant in Disney Springs. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been to Disney, Disney Springs is the newly renovated and reinvented Downtown Disney. They’ve added more shopping and more restaurants. Rachael heard good this about this place and it didn’t disappoint. It has a swanky 1920’s prohibition, hidden bar kind of feel. They’re known mostly for their specialty drink selection.

I decided to order the Edison burger and it was so delicious. It comes with cheese, onion rings, bacon, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and a special sauce. I decided to forego the cheese and bacon since it’s not my cup of tea.

Our overall experience was pretty good. The service was a little slow and they were definitely working out some kinks in the kitchen. I think it has a lot of potential to be a great restaurant. It’s worth a try if you’re in Disney Spring!

Animal Kingdom

I had the chopped wood-grilled chicken bowl. This was AMAZING and I would go back in a heartbeat. You get to choose your base and sauce. I had the potato and sweet potato hash base with a chimichurri sauce. It was flavorful and more than enough food. They have several other options to choose from as well. It’s also over in the new Pandora area, so you can explore the new surroundings afterwards and maybe even hop on the new ride!

Last year, Julie and Ali got these amazing looking ice cream cookie sandwiches from Tamu Tamu Refreshments and I was so jealous. They looked and tasted delicious! This year, I was getting one no matter what! It was a great afternoon snack for this pregnant lady. It gave us a chance to sit down in the shade and rest our feet while we enjoyed a tasty treat. You can also get Dole Whip here!

Tiffins was our fancy dinner! This restaurant is reservations only and completely worth it. It’s a little more expensive, but the food is unique and flavors are delicious. Since we had an afternoon snack and our dinner reservations were early, I wasn’t starving. Instead of getting an entree, I thought a couple of appetizers were right for me. I ordered the apple-walnut salad and butternut squash soup. Both completely hit the spot.

Aside from the food, the restaurant was beautifully decorated and the service was superb. It was my favorite dining experience from the whole weekend.

Magic Kingdom
Be Our Guest
Jungle Skipper Canteen

We ate lunch at the Beast’s Castle! Lunch at Be Our Guest is by reservations, but it is quick service, not a sit down dinner. You go in, wait in line to order your food, then they bring it to your table. There are 3 different rooms for you to eat in, and I highly recommend trying to get a table in the West Wing! We were able to get in there and it was a fun experience with the “storms”. Be sure to look at the prince’s portrait when a storm rolls through!

I ordered the carved turkey sandwich and it wasn’t anything spectacular, but it hit the spot. I also HAD to try the gray stuff! The Master’s Cupcake had gray stuff on to and I am pleased to say that Lumiere is right, it’s delicious!

 We had dinner reservations at Jungle Skipper Canteen over in Adventureland! The wait staff continues on with the corny jokes that are dished out during the Jungle Cruise ride.

I had the Perkins Thai Noodles. They have a spicy soy chili garlic sauce that gave it an extra kick. They had a little spice, but not too much. There was chicken, tofu, bell peppers, zucchini, onions and some other veggies tossed in there. I’m not much of a tofu person, but this was flavored very well and I enjoyed it!

Epcot
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Via Napoli

I’ve eaten at Akershus before and it never disappoints! This restaurant is in Norway at Epcot and is reservations only because this is where they do the princess dining. You start with an appetizer buffet with several options to introduce you to Norwegian cuisine. For my main course, I had the salmon duo with grilled salmon and a salmon cake and a potato and brussels sprout hash on the side. It was so good. The salmon cake was by far my favorite and I wish it was bigger! Ali had the Norwegian meatballs and Rachael the braised pork shank. The meal is wrapped up with a dessert trio for the party to share! There was an apple cinnamon bread with caramel, frozen chocolate mousse cake and a rice pudding.

Everything was delicious and we were so full! The best part of the entire meal was meeting all of the princesses! I’ll share more when I recap our Epcot day, but here’s a peek at me and Cindy!

For dinner we hopped over to Italy! We had reservations at Via Napoli and if you’ve never eaten here while at Disney, go ahead and make reservations for your next trip. It is literally mouth watering. We were definitely HUNGRY when we arrived and ready to eat. I’m sad to say that not a single picture was snapped of my food because I was too excited to eat it the second it was placed on my table. #pregnantladyproblems

Ali and I decided to share the Arancini to start and a small Carciofi pizza. It was a white pizza with artichoke, fontina, mozzarella and truffle oil. The pizza was so good I would eat it again and again. The crust was divine and they actually import the flour and water from Naples, Italy!

If you want another non-Italian option for dinner in Epcot, I highly recommend Spice Road Table in Morocco! I have yet to try something there that I didn’t like! The tapas are amazing and the sparkling sangria is life changing. Just do it.

Food is an important part of every Disney experience, so make sure you do it right! There are so many different options out there, so go through the website and look at the menus beforehand to see where you may like to go. I highly recommend making reservations at the sit down restaurants which is something we haven’t done in the past.

If you have any questions about restaurant, dining or anything Disney related, shoot me a message! I’d love to help you and if I don’t know the answer, I guarantee you that I know someone who does.

Happy Friday y’all! I’ll be back next week with my first Disney day recap and my FIRST bump date covering the first trimester!

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